With just over a month until St George’s Day (23 April), we’ve put together a handy guide to 8 quintessentially English things you can do here in Wiltshire:
1. Enjoy a Medieval Faire in Calne
Head to the town of Calne for the two-day Medieval Faire complete with re-enactments, knights in armour and ferret racing.
2. Battle it out at Old Wardour Castle
Perfect for wannabe St Georges! The ruins of English Heritage’s Old Wardour Castle offer ample opportunity for swash-buckling adventures with mock swords and shields sold in the small on-site shop.
3. Stay in a 16th century inn
Rest up in the aptly named George & Dragon Inn in the village of Rowde. The inn makes an ideal base for exploring the county and is also renowned for its fresh fish.
4. Sample a traditional ale
Discover ale from one of Wiltshire’s most famous breweries, Wadworth. This year they will be producing St George & The Dragon, a biscuity ale with some citrus notes for St George’s Day. The ale will be available in March and April.
5. Take a trip to a secluded church
The secluded church of St George’s sits in a lush valley in Orcheston, a couple of miles from Stonehenge. The church is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is one of two Medieval churches in the village.
6. Participate in St George’s celebrations in Salisbury
Salisbury has been holding St George’s Day celebrations for many years. Head to the Market Place and other locations in the city centre to join in with the family fun. Full details will be announced shortly.
7. Go foraging with Fred the Forager and Vaughan's Cookery School
Vaughan’s Cookery School in Devizes will be running a Foraging and Feasting workshop on St George’s Day with Fred the Forager. Not only will you get to go to a local foraging spot and look for ingredients such as the St George’s mushroom but you’ll also learn how to use these ‘wild’ ingredients in your cooking.
8. Discover the Green Dragon
Continuing with the dragon theme, check out the award-winning Green Dragon pub in Market Lavington. Family and dog friendly there’s also a pub garden for if the sun shines!
We hope we’ve give you some St George’s Day inspiration. Keep an eye on our website for further events details and on behalf of the VisitWiltshire team we wish you a Happy St George’s Day for 23 April!